Our friends at Artists Open Houses have picked their top Exhibitions from this year's Brighton Fringe programme. Take a look at their selection below...
Hidden and Hunted gives a glimpse into the lives of six woman affected by homelessness in West Sussex. The photographs, taken by this group of women, explore the theme of ‘Hidden and Hunted’ and convey how, as women, their experience differs from men. Quotes in the exhibition from the frontline workers who are supporting the women, explain challenges they face working within a system not designed to address the complex and often traumatic experiences of women and where gaining understanding can be a struggle.
Covert is part of the urbanflo OXYGEN series, reflecting on the impact of the legacies of colonialism. Taking inspiration from the Brighton Pier penny arcade gypsy fortune-tellers of yesteryear, it invites diverse artists to share their vision of the future. Curated by Amy Zamarripa Solis, the exhibition offers electric renditions of Afro-futurist identities, dreamy galaxies, earthly utopias, and a youthful hope for the future - but also includes stark reminders of the ongoing social injustices in the world.
I Am More Than 2021 artistically explores the assumptions we make when we encounter a woman experiencing homelessness. The exhibition offers an opportunity to challenge your own prejudice while enjoying artwork produced by an incredible community of women.
‘We are proud, we are creative. We Are More Than...’
Supported by the Irene Mensah Brighton Fringe Bursary
ALTERED celebrates emerging talent in Brighton & Hove, inviting artists to share ways in which they have experimented, modified or adapted their practices in light of recent restrictions; maybe resulting in new ways of thinking and making work. With limited access to the studio, darkroom or workshop, artists have been navigating new approaches and, as a consequence, discovering innovative ways of working. This exhibition showcases recent works by artists setting out on their creative practices, in recognition of the difficulties that the pandemic has brought to exhibition-making, especially for those in the early stages of their careers.
Oxygen: breathTAKING The OXYGEN series by urbanflo opens up a powerful new lens to creatively explore the human condition and new narratives from the perspective of communities still impacted by the legacies of colonialism. This exhibition offers a rare mainstream platform for local artists to present bold new multi-disciplinary interpretations, through illustration, digital art, spoken word and video, plus leading edge works using virtual reality, augmented reality and facial detection. 'breathTAKING' is curated by urbanflo Founder/Director Jenni Lewin-Turner and guest creatives include Judith Ricketts, Josef Cabey, River Sweeney and AFLO. the Poet. Visitors must pre-book a free, timed slot in advance of their visit.
In the Void: A Year of Producing Art in Isolation
“Imagine a time when four artists shared one studio in a city but never saw one another. They never spoke unless to discuss how to avoid physical interaction. These were the times during a pandemic. The times when art was produced in isolation.”
'In the Void' is a show based on the experience of four artists from one studio working in the unusual conditions of social distancing. In a performative act of live art making one at a time, the conversation is carried out through one collaborative piece by the four artists. https://www.brightonfringe.org/whats-on/in-the-void-a-year-of-producing-art-in-isolation-153769/
Artists Open Houses Festival is open: 12, 13 June | 19, 20 June | 26, 27 June
Check out what's on here: https://aoh.org.uk/
Artists across the city and beyond are throwing open their doors each June weekend to welcome you back inside! Over 90 venues will show the work of almost a thousand artists, with more ‘Virtual’ Open Houses available to view online. Painters, sculptors, printmakers, ceramicists, jewellers, textile artists and more will be offering you the chance to browse and buy, marking a key moment in the city’s creative and cultural recovery. Pick up a free brochure around town – or from all Open Houses during festival weekends.